Google Earth and Facebook reunites an Indian Man with his parents after 25 years

Right out of the story book it seems, but this is exactly what happened with Saroo Brierley who got lost in India when he was just 5 year old and then finally used Google Earth and Facebook find and track his parents down.

Here is the story of Saroo Brierley

One fine day in 1987, Saroo and his brother were begging at a local train station, when the time was to go home these boys got into a wrong train only to find it after 10 hours, when they woke up, that they were on the other side of India, hundred of kilometers away from their family.

After a month to trying to get back and search their parents and almost getting drowned in the Ganges rivers a stranger kidnapped them an sold them to as child slaves where is brother eventually died and Saroo was located by the authorities and was sent to an orphanage where he was adopted by Tasmanian parents who got him back to Tasmania.

After 25 years, Brierley owns an industrial supplies store in Tasmania, but never stop to figure out how to reach his long lost parents, recently, he remember the name of the station where he used ot beg “Khandwa Train Station” and that was the starting point of his journey.

Brierley took help of Google Earth and got the fragments of his childhood memories together to search around the town, “I kept in my head the images of the town I grew up in, the streets I used to wander and the faces of my family” said Brierley. He spend hours zooming in and around the town using Google Earth to get some clue, finally, one fine day, he identified his hometown: Ganesh Talai.

And finally he did find his family, Brierley joined a Facebook group for Ganesh Talai and starting researching further by sending emails to the group members, next thing was, he booked the plane tickets to India and roamed around the streets of Ganesh Talai until he found his family.

“To this day, I still can’t believe I managed to find my family, considering India’s population size and how young I was when I lost them,” said Brierley.

You must be wondering what his family was doing for all these years right?

The mother says she tried to find the boys only to find that one has died and there was no idea about where the second bou was, fortune tellers assured her that one find day her son would return, “and he did” she exclaimed, with some kinda assistance from Silicon Valley.


According to us, the World has been connected and made small, today, you can reach any one in the world within few seconds, the 6 degree separation has been reduced to 4.74 degree.

Yesterday, Dhawal wrote about how technology is a bane and today we come up with technology is a boon.

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via: TheWeek

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